NAIROBI, Kenya, May 25 – The Employment and Labour Relations Court has suspended a health workers’ strike called by four trade unions in Kirinyaga County.
This is after the County Government of Kirinyaga obtained an injunction citing that the industrial action protesting poor conditions at facilities including Kerugoya Hospital should be halted until Wednesday when the hearing of the application has been fixed.
Lady Justice Maureen Onyango certified the matter as urgent and directed the County Government to serve the orders to the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union, Kenya National Union of Nurses, Kenya National Union of Clinical Officers and Kenya National Union of Medical Laboratory who have been listed as respondents.
The union officials complained that medical equipment at Kerugoya was not working while reagents for the laboratory tests had not been procured.
They also want the County Government headed by Anne Waiguru reinstate Kerugoya’s 346 health casual workers who were sacked in a bid to reduce the ballooning wage bill and paying the salaries of four doctors pursuing Masters degrees.
The nurses also said Kerugoya is still unclean because only a handful of subordinate staff are charged with cleaning it and other health facilities in the region.
Governor Waiguru recently visited the hospital and dismissed the claims as untrue, saying unknown parties were out to portray her administration as inefficient.
She alleged sabotage by senior medical officers and politicians eyeing her seat in the 2022 General Election.